Themes in "Lord of the Flies" Essay

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William Goldning’s Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel where literary techniques are utilized to convey the main ideas and themes of the novel. Two important central themes of the novel includes loss of civilization and innocense which tie into the concept of innate human evil. Loss of civilization is simply the transition from civilization to savagery; order to chaos. The concept of loss of innocense is a key concept to innate human evil because childhood innocense is disrupted as the group hunted animals and even their own. Through the use of literary techniques these ideas are seen in the passage where Simon confronts the “Lord of the Flies.” The central concern of Lord of the Flies deals with the fall of civilization to the…show more content…
To emphasize fear and evil Goldning seems to use a lot of repetition in this passage alone. For example the “Lord of the Flies” constantly warns “we shall do you? See?.” This is to make Simon quake with fear and show the intensity of the confrontation between them.      As the boys on the island progress from well-behaved, orderly children longing for rescue to cruel, bloodthirsty hunters who have no desire to return to civilization, they naturally lose their innocence that they possessed earlier in the novel. But Golding does not portray this loss of innocence as something that is done to the children; rather, it results naturally from their increasing openness to the innate evil and savagery that has always existed within them. The forest where Simon wanders upon in earlier in the novel symbolizes this loss of innocence. At first, it is a place of natural beauty and peace, but when Simon returns, he discovers the bloody sow’s head upon a stake in the middle of the forest. This use of imagery depicting ruin is seen in the passage. “Simon found he was looking into a vast mouth. There was blackness within, a blackness that spread” (pg. 144). The bloody offering to the beast has disrupted the paradise that existed before; a clear

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